London Irish back-row Tom Guest has today announced his decision to retire from professional rugby after a glittering 14-year playing career.

Guest, 31, made the switch to Irish in 2014 following 12 seasons with Harlequins where he lifted the European Rugby Challenge Cup, Aviva Premiership and LV= Cup titles.

Amassing more than 200 appearances for the Twickenham Stoop outfit, Guest crossed the whitewash three times during 30 outings for the Exiles.

The experienced campaigner, who has represented England Saxons, admits his decision to retire from professional rugby was a difficult one to make.

“There are a lot of experiences that will live long in my memory, and I am grateful to have played rugby at the highest level for many years,” said Guest.

He added: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with London Irish during my two years with the Club – it is a Club that is steeped in history and tradition and I am sure it is only a matter of time before Irish realise its ambitions.”

Head of Rugby Operations at London Irish, Glenn Delaney said: “I speak on behalf of everyone at the Club in wishing Tom and his family all the very best for the future.

“Tom has had a magnificent playing career, a career that he should be hugely proud of and we have enjoyed having him at the Club.”    

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